Butterflies of Africa
Family - HESPERIIDAE
forest, Ghana ©
The genus Meza
comprises of 9 small species, all of which are found in sub-Saharan
Meza meza is a west African species
found from Ghana to Angola.
This species is found in forest edge habitats at altitudes between
sea level and about 800m.
The larva has been reported as feeding on the grass
Paspalum ( Poaceae ) but all other
members of this genus feed on dicotyledons including Linaceae,
Fabaceae and Dichapetalaceae.
butterflies can be found in one's and two's in forest edge habitats
e.g. along logging roads and in glades. In the early morning sunshine
they bask on bushes and low herbage, adopting the typical Hesperiine
posture as illustrated at the top of this page. Later in the day they
retire to semi-shaded areas, often beneath trees, but periodically
emerge to nectar at the flowers of nearby herbaceous plants. When
nectaring they usually hold their wings erect over the back.